Categories Dog

Natural Dog Shampoo

Natural dog shampoo should contain only natural moisturizing ingredients, such as jojoba oil, vitamin E, flower waters, glycerin, and distilled water. Keep in mind that many dog care products have healing oils added to them in order to incorporate the benefits of aromatherapy into your dog-cleansing regime. You can choose shampoos that contain sweet orange, cinnamon, grapefruit, and lime for a dog that will not only have an exceptionally shiny coat, but also will smell good enough to eat.

Some dog owners buy natural dog shampoo that is gender specific. For instance, a female dog may get bathed with a shampoo that contain jasmine, chamomile, and lavender essential oils that are distinctly feminine smelling. Male dogs might fare better with scents such as lime, eucalyptus, and patchouli. However, I’m guessing the dogs won’t really have a preference, and it really is up to the owner’s discretion.

Buying Natural Dog Shampoo Online

You can buy all kinds of dog care products which include natural dog shampoo, right from the Internet. There are some excellent online retailers that cater to man’s best friend. You can find natural doggy biscuits and treats, dog soap, as well as pet beds that are warm and comfortable.

Remember that dogs generally need a good shampoo every couple of weeks, if not more often for dogs with long fur. Most dogs don’t mind the ordeal and actually look forward to frolicking in the water. However, if your dog does not seem too thrilled with the experience, perhaps you could persuade him or her with some lovely scented dog shampoos.…

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Categories Animal

Where Animal Shelters Can Find Financial Help and Hope

Kill rates in many animal shelters across the country are as high as 50% and some are even higher. That’s not very good survival rates for a dog or cat entering one of these shelters. For pets surrendered by their owner, the chances they will go out the front door to a new home is pretty slim. It’s almost as if some animal shelters would rather take the easier and less expensive solution to our pet overpopulation problem and put pets down rather than care for and find homes for all healthy and adoptable pets. Every year, three to four million pets are euthanized in animal shelters because we can’t figure out a more humane and compassionate solution to properly care for homeless pets.

Any pet owner can understand the financial strain animal shelters are under with food, veterinarian calls and other operating costs. Tax dollars fund most shelters, but it’s difficult to keep up with an overflowing number of pets turned into shelters. However, people surrender their pets to shelters because they believe it’s the right thing to do and they think shelters will in turn do the right thing. Euthanizing healthy pets isn’t the answer, but there is help and hope if the animal shelter and community are willing to make a commitment to work together to help save pets and move towards a no kill promise to every pet who is healthy and adoptable.

Maddie’s Fund was created by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to honor their beloved Miniature Schnauzer. Maddie was ten years old when she passed away in 1997. The Duffield’s started their organization to honor her memory by trying to save the lives of all animal shelter pets who are healthy and adoptable. Maddie’s Fund isn’t a rescue group; they give financial aid to animal shelters when the community, counties, rescue organizations, animal control and veterinarians all come together in a common cause to save shelter pets. The idea is to work together to convert their kill shelters towards no kill facilities. There’s no reason why healthy and adoptable pets should ever be put down. By requiring entire communities to become involved; ending unnecessary euthanasias will more likely succeed when everyone works together.

Maddie’s Fund has an aggressive goal of turning all animal shelters into no kill shelters by 2015 to create a no kill nation. We are one of the wealthiest and most powerful countries in the world and yet we can’t provide a better option for healthy and adoptable homeless pets other than putting them down when shelters are full. The problem has been and continues to be; out of sight and out of mind. What we don’t know about what goes on at our local shelters can’t upset us when we don’t take the time to find out how many pets are going out the back door instead of out the front door to a new home. For too many pets, being adopted is like winning the grand prize at a state fair.

To qualify for grant money from Maddie’s Fund, communities and counties must come together to develop a business plan and long term plans. Human population matter and in order to qualify for grants, there has to be a population of at least 100,000 people in a coalition made up of animal groups, counties and cities (large and small) to build commitments supporting the people we charge with taking care of animal shelter pets. That includes everyone in the community who works with pets from shelter workers to vets, rescue groups and animal control personnel.

Once a community qualifies, money is then available to implement long term goals that will eventually lead a shelter to becoming no kill. Starter grants help committed communities pay for developing long term goals and business plans. Maddie’s Fund helps communities see other options to save shelter pets instead of taking the easy route too many shelters are still doing.

Animal shelters don’t usually have a vet on staff. Maddie’s Fund supports the colleges of Veterinary Medicine programs to help future vets learn about shelter medicine so more are qualified to work in animal shelters and can help pets who need behavioral rehabilitation and can take care of the medical needs of all of the pets in their care. Shelters that commit to an adoption guarantee and have a full time vet on staff will then be able to apply for grant money to help pay for medical equipment. Maddie’s fund wants to change the way shelters have been doing business to a more humane and progressive focus that actually solves problems instead of hiding the sad reality behind closed doors.

Most pets in animal shelters are not there because they have behavioral problems. The reasons vary for why a pet is surrendered to a shelter and if more people looking for a pet would visit their local shelter instead of supporting puppy and kitten mills that sell their pets through pet stores, more homeless pets could find a good home and puppy and kitten mills would stop producing as many pets once their main connection to the public is shut off.

Maddie’s Fund is about educating entire communities and getting them on board to commit to a more humane way of treating animal shelter pets. There is no reason why healthy and adoptable pets should be euthanized. For more information on Maddie’s Fund, please visit their website. We can create a no kill nation, if we have the will and courage to change, by doing it one animal shelter at a time.


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Categories Animal

Career Opportunities for Graduates with an Animal Behavior Degree

An Animal Behavior degree can be a definite asset for someone who has an interest in animals and wishes to pursue a career in animal science. Animal behavior is the study of interactions between the physical environments( both external and internal) and animal response, specifically in relation to development, growth and evolution.

This area of knowledge feeds into several disciplines such as comparative psychology, behavioral ecology and anthropology. A degree in Animal Behavior can also be highly specialized. Students begin with a Bachelor of Arts ( B.A.) or Science ( B.Sc.), then move to a Master of Arts ( M.A,) or Science ( M.Sc.) or advanced degrees like a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine ( D.V.M).

Teaching and Research at Colleges and University

Colleges and universities employing animal behavior specialists for teaching and research usually require a PhD degree. Competition for academic positions is high because of the strong interest academia has in research that is relevant to the needs of industries.

For example, universities are hiring animal behaviorists to study the relationship between behavior and production, conservation and care of animals. Much research is directed at specific industry goals – improving livestock production, enhancing conservation of endangered species, developing policies for the well-being of wild and domestic animals or controlling agricultural and urban pests.

Research in Government and Private Institutions

Graduates with an Animal Behavior degree are also in demand in government sponsored laboratories or private industries. Drug companies, for example, require the knowledge of animal behaviorists to conduct research on the effect of drugs on behavior, the connection between behavior and disease, the relationship between genes, brain and behavior disorders and the manipulation of genetic material to produce animals and organisms with a high level of immunity to disease.


Animal Behavior Expertise Needed by Conservation Groups, Zoos and Museums

Behavior research is needed to enhance the health and reproduction of animals in captivity and animals in wildlife habitats. Graduates with an Animal Behavior degree are in demand in zoos and museums where they work in close collaboration with field biologists and various specialists to monitor the well-being of animals.

Conservation groups use animal behavior consultants to design and maintain habitat requirements for wildlife reserves. They may also require animal behaviorists to prepare animals for re-entry into native habitats.

Current interest in preserving the environment has also increased the image and popularity of wildlife habitats, many of which are heavily dependent on sponsorships, grants and income through public education. To this end, conservation groups need animal behaviorists to communicate specific knowledge to the general public in the form of programs, lectures, presentations, newsletters, books and educational camps.

Writing and Broadcasting Widen Career Options

Public interest in animal behavior also means that there are increased opportunities for graduates who are interested in broadcasting, films, science writing and journalism. The proliferation of science journals both in print and online also means increased opportunities for those who have a particular affinity with the written word or media.

Pet Management and Training

Currently, the fastest growing field for an Animal Behavior consultant is pet management. A PhD is not required here, although strong communications skills and rapport building skills will be very helpful indeed.

This work entails working with animals and their owners to manage behavior problems in pets. The business of pet management can also expand to include several services: seminars and classes for owners, training sessions with pets, home visits and even pet day care.

If one has a love for animals and an interest in behavior and psychology, getting an Animal Behavior degree promises to be both exciting and rewarding.

More information on animal behavior can be found below.…

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Categories Snake

Cobra Hood


consume its prey have long been observed. Not all members of the public might appreciate that there are less well-known and unusual aspects of some snakes’ anatomies such as a single lung or only one artery in one half of the body rather than more conventional left and right pairs in many lifeforms.

These characteristics vary across the snake species and serve to demonstrate how reptile evolution has developed. Yet on occasion their vagaries also confound attempts to definitively classify snake species or evaluate with certainty how one relates to another. The complexities deepen as snakes from different geographies and species can be seen to have developed modified behaviors and actions for which the flexible body and bone structures have been adapted over millions of years. Research in these areas is fascinating.

The Cobra

The cobra belongs to the Elapidae family, which includes many other venomous snakes such as the krait and the taipan species of Australasia. There are different genera of cobras which have evolved in different parts of the world. The king cobra of Asia is the largest in size and one of the more well-known cobras. Many people will be familiar with the spectacle-like markings on the hood behind the head of the smaller naja naja or Indian cobra.

Different species of cobra in different parts of the world have developed slightly different hood-flaring behaviors to suit their environment. Some use the hood as a defensive display while with some, the activity of the hood seems to be associated with aggressive behavior at an earlier point of encountering a competitor or threat.

Hood Flaring Researched

Recent and ongoing research by biologists from Washington State University and the University of Massachusetts Lowell has shown the ribs of the cobra to be versatile again by their use with eight muscles to create the hooding effect. Electrodes were used to measure activity and determine which muscles were deployed. These muscles are not unique to the cobra but also appear in snakes that do not display a hood.


The techniques used to operate on the cobra, stimulate the hooding behavior and identify its cause show yet again how intriguing a subject snake evolution continues to be. Other snakes such as some mamba species can be observed to flatten their neck, apparently to simulate a narrow hood in similar circumstances.…

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Categories Animal

Great Picture and Audio Books for Kids About Toy Animals

From The Velveteen Rabbit to Toy Story, tales about the secret lives of toys have enchanted kids for years. There’s just something magical about getting to see what’s really going on in the mind of your favorite stuffed animal during playtime or when his or her owner is away.

Here are a few new and more obscure stories about toys – told expertly through innovative picture and audio books.

Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescue


When Benjamin Middlemouse, a toy mouse who lives in the wooden wardrobe of a boy’s bedroom, learns that his mother has gone missing, he teams up with his friend Bumper, a toy elephant who lives on the boy’s bed, and embarks on a rescue mission. Their journey takes them to far-away places in the kitchen and the pantry where they encounter many other toy animals – but not Benjamin’s mother.

But when Benjamin and Bumper venture into the garden, they learn that Benjamin’s mother has been kidnapped by the odious stuffed cat Sir Pouncelot – and is due to become the cat’s next meal! Can a toy mouse and elephant find a way to save the captive mouse before dinnertime?

A charming picture book done in the spirit of other toy animal stories like Winnie the Pooh or The Mouse and his Son, Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescue uses actual photographs of stuffed animals and miniature diorama sets to create the whimsical scenes in the story. This enables photographer Olivier Toppin to create some wonderful laugh-out-loud photos of Benjamin and Bumper riding a scooter or constructing elaborate gadgets out of ropes, spools, and cans to rescue Benjamin’s mother.

The storybook does get a little too precious near the end as author Molly Coxe tries a bit too hard to ensure that all the characters get a happy ending – yet overall the book succeeds in introducing (and re-introducing) children and adults to the old-fashioned stories kids used to enjoy in the Raggedy Ann and Andy books or Gumby TV show.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane: Listening Library Audio Book

Once upon a time there was a china rabbit named Edward Tulane who belonged to a child named Abilene. Although Abilene loved Edward very much, Edward did not love Abilene – or anyone else for that matter – as he was too caught up with his own splendid appearance.

Then, one day, during a sea voyage, Edward is lost and spends the next several years in the hands of many different owners – from a fisherman’s family, to a hobo and his dog, to a sick child, to a street performer. With each new owner, Edward learns to open his heart even as his appearance grows older and frailer. Yet as cruel twists of fate continue to separate him from those he loves, Edward grows sad – and wonders if loving his owners is worth the pain of losing them.

Read by Tony Award-winning Broadway actress Judith Ivey, this unabridged audio book of Kate Di Camillo’s The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a fantastic piece of oral storytelling. Ivey narrates the book in a warm and soothing tone that’s frequently punctuated with several wonderful character voices, ranging from a mysterious old grandmother, to a craggy fisherman, to a lonely hobo.

For a less accomplished actor, coming up with voices for such a wide variety of characters could lead to repetitive performances. Yet, Ivey’s voice is so flexible that it’s easy to accept her as a boy, old woman, or toy rabbit — while the overall fluidity of her reading makes the transitions into and out of these different characters smooth and effortless. The result is an audio book that’s very easy for kids to get caught up in – all the way from its whimsical beginning to its poignant end.

At only one hour and fifty-six minutes (two audio book CDs) long, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is very short compared to other audio books for young readers, which can run up to six hours or more. As such, it makes an excellent bedtime story for kids in the mood for a fairy tale that seems tailor-made for reading aloud.…

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Categories Animal

Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer

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Perhaps nothing is more emblematic of modern day ecological degradation than the abominable practice of industrial animal factory farming. If the environment has been driven to near destruction – think of the current Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a disaster that may take generations to fully clear up – then a look into the world of factory farming may explain the world’s current environmental predicament.

The Horrors of Factory Farming in Eating Animals

As Jonathon Safran Foer shows in this first work of non-fiction Eating Animals (he is the author of two previous novels, Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close ), animals are not respected as an integral part of nature, but rather as so much disposable rubbish. They are “produced” in large quantities, kept in confined spaces, fed inappropriate foods, pumped full of pharmaceuticals, prevented from exercising their limbs, sometimes beaten, and sometimes even skinned alive. Large amounts of animals die under brutal conditions, a loss that is rationalised by the industry’s huge profits.


If today’s economic model is a race to the bottom, then things don’t get much lower than factory farming. Foer asks the question, if a dog in the street was treated like the typical factory farmed animal, then wouldn’t the abuser be publicly excoriated? Why does the public allow this to go on?

A Novelist Considers the Ethics of Meat Eating

To answer this question, Foer employs his considerable skills as a novelist to produce a considered, somewhat philosophical investigation not only into the ethics of eating meat, but also into the clearly barbaric practice of factory farming. Unlike other writers on the subject who can polarise, or too brusquely confront, Foer has a wonderful ability to draw the reader into a mature and reasoned conversation. His style doesn’t dictate moral terms, but rather invites discussion and understanding.

Ultimately, Foer argues that vegetarians should look for ways to support humane animal agriculture. He cites one rare example in Eating Animals, a turkey farmer named Frank Reese. Foer makes friends with many other farmers concerned with ethical issues to do with animal farming, which persuades him that a hard and dogmatic line on vegetarianism is not necessarily the way forward.

Who is the greatest culprit for the insane system of factory farming, where chickens are pumped with chicken broth to mask their unusual taste, where cows can find themselves skinned and dismembered while still conscious, and where pig factories produce huge lagoons of excrement that seep into human water systems?

Foer explains it as the economic landscape slipping one way, and everyone sliding in. No one could resist the cheap prices of factory meat, prices that could only be sustained by intensive and inhumane factory farming.

The Veil Removed from Factory Farms

The one major factor that has allowed the factory farm to thrive is the secretive veil that is cast over it. Eaters don’t get to see how the meat is produced. As the statistics provided in the book show, it’s impossible to eat meat without eating animals that have suffered enormously in the process somewhere along the production line.

Viewers of the documentary Food, Inc. will know how keen the industry is to keep cameras and peering eyes out of their operations.

Eating Animals turns out not to be an argument for vegetarianism, but rather a plea for honesty and openness about how meat is actually made today. Foer asks that the veil be taken down so we can assess the reality of factory farming, its impact on public health and animal welfare, and decide whether the cheap price of animal protein does not involve intolerable costs.…

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Categories Dog

Pink Dog Sweaters

Pink dog sweaters are the ultimate in girlish luxury. What could proclaim more loudly that the wearer is a girly-girl, a lady who lunches, a pampered princess? Abby has several customers who dress their dogs all in pink, all the time, and pink dog sweaters are the highlight of these wardrobes.

No wardrobe of dog apparel clothing for your favorite girl is complete without something pink. Dog fashions should reflect current trends in clothing for people, and nothing is hotter right now than pink. Pink is the epitome of cute, of adorable, the color of choice for fashion-savvy women who know how to play up the advantages of being a girl!


Why Pink Dog Sweaters Are Popular

The current popularity of pink was a long time in coming. During the 90s, the grunge movement affected fashion, causing a backlash against fashions and colors labeled “cute,” “pretty,” or “girly.” The trend was for minimalist, industrial fashion.

But as minimalism burned itself out, a resurgence of luxury and pretty, feminine clothes swept across the fashion world. This trend has become so established that it can hardly be labeled a trend anymore; for several years, pink has been the “new black,” the go-anywhere, with-anything color of choice. Pink is not only a symbol of femininity, it is also a color of hope and positive attitude, which is why it continues to be popular today.…

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Categories Dog

Small Dog Clothing For Sale

Small dog clothing for sale is where the big profits are in terms of dog apparel. These precious little dogs are so important to their owners and dressing them up is practically irresistible. If you can interest a first-time customer in a piece of small dog clothing for sale, chances are you’ll have begun a habit that will become addictive.

Small dog owners lavish special care on their prized pets. Your pet owners will want nothing but the best for their spunky small dogs. As a result, luxury items and designer dog apparel most often appeal to small dog owners.


Inspiring Customers to Purchase Small Dog Clothing for Sale

If your retail sales of clothing for small dogs aren’t as strong as you’d like, there are things you can do to boost sales. For instance, host a photographer in your shop for an afternoon who will take a free photo of a customer’s dog dressed up in a newly purchased outfit. Combine this event with a sale, and it’s sure to tempt customers into buying something.

Another trick to try is to have a sweepstakes. I’ve used this strategy before in fundraising–find a sponsor to donate a desirable gift (credit at a local store, a free meal, merchandise, etc.) and give your customers a chance to win the prize with each purchase. You can generate a drastic increase in sales for your dog clothes with tactics like these.…

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Categories Animal

Create an Animal Notebook: Learn about animals the fun way.

Animals A- Z – Make Your Notebook

Notebooks are a great way to keep track of your science projects. In this column we will be learning about all types of animals. If you have a notebook already prepared then you can simply put your animals where they go once you learn what type of animal it is.

You will need:

  • Three ring binder
  • Hole punch
  • Card stock (colored if you like)
  • Divider tabs
  • Colored pencils or crayons

Use the card stock to print out the dividers you will need for your notebook. There are two major classifications of animals – INVERTEBRATES and Vertebrates. You can either make two main sections or have two separate notebooks. Vertebrates are animals with backbones. Invertebrates are animals without backbones. You can print out the divider pages for these two groups by clicking on the links above.

Once you have these printed out and in your notebook you will then add subdividers.

First print or make one for ARTHROPODS. This will go behind your invertebrate divider. There are three types of arthropods -INSECTS, CRUSTACEANS and ARACHNIDS. You can add those subsections now or wait until you come to that animal.

Finish the invertebrate section by adding dividers for:…

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Dog Lover's Wine Club: Purchases Benefit Animal Shelters

With the wide range of wine clubs available, is it any surprise that there is a Dog Lover’s Wine Club?

Wine is often chosen for holiday celebrations, including Christmas parties, New Year’s toasts, and for gift giving, but when your purchase also benefits animal shelters, it’s an even better reason to find out more about the Dog Lover’s Wine Club.

Health Benefits of Wine

Information from the Mayo Clinic website states that, according to studies involving mice, antioxidants found in wine can increase levels of “good” cholesterol and protect arteries from becoming clogged with fatty deposits. Other research suggests that a substance in wine called resveratrol may reduce the risk of inflammation and blood clots, as well as obesity and diabetes. Various amounts of resveratrol can be found in foods other than grapes, such as blueberries, cranberries and even peanuts.


Health Risks of Wine

Although wine may have some health benefits, alcohol in wine is addictive and can affect the body in many adverse ways. According to the Mayo Clinic, it increases the risk of accidents, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, weakened heart muscle, liver damage, obesity, certain types of cancer, and other problems. Alcohol should be avoided during pregnancy. People with health issues or taking medications, including daily aspirin, are advised to consult with their doctor about the risks and benefits of alcohol concerning their individual case.

Dog Lover’s Wine Club Helps Animal Shelters

Wine for the Dog Lover’s Wine Club comes from a small Pinot Noir vineyard near Lompoc, California and comes with dog labels and stories about dogs. Members of the Dog Lover’s Wine Club can choose from the Sit, Sip, and Stay Monthly, the Chase Your Tail Bimonthly, the Fetch a Bottle Quarterly, or the Vicktory Dogs Wine Club.

Members enjoy discounts on wine and pet accessories along with the satisfaction of knowing that a portion of each wine club billing supports affiliate shelters. When placing an order, members can choose from the Bark Partners Listing which shelter they would like to support, however, sales percentages of the Vicktory Dogs Wine Collection go exclusively to Best Friends Animal Society where most of the Michael Vick dogs were rehabilitated. These funds are used for work towards strengthening laws and penalties against dog fighting. Choose from such labels as Little Red, Oscar, Bonito, Curly, and other Vick dogs.

Many people enjoy an occasional glass of wine or wine punch. Wine is often a part of Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and other holiday celebrations or given as gifts. Dog lovers can enjoy theirs knowing their purchases are also helping shelter dogs.

Please note that not all states allow wine to be shipped to your door so check your state’s laws before ordering.…

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